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Update: HWY 1 on the Big Sur Coast closed due to rockslides

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Dec 31, 2022

UPDATE (3:28 p.m.): Due to continued slide activity behind the catchment area at Paul’s Slide at Post Mile 22, the gates at the north and south side of Paul’s slide will be closed on Saturday at 4:30 pm.

The action to close the gates at Paul’s Slide is being taken out of an abundance of caution.

As announced earlier, contracted crews are expected to arrive on Jan. 1 at Paul’s Slide to begin to clear debris from behind the catchment area where rocks and dirt have reached the top of the concrete barriers at four locations.

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A full closure of Highway 1 is in effect from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County to 2.5 miles south of Big Sur in Monterey County because of rockslides at multiple locations.

Highway 1 was closed initially late yesterday due to a slide at PM 32, just south of Esalen.

Caltrans maintenance crews are performing daytime storm patrol within the closure parameters and working to clear debris from multiple smaller slip-outs in the roadway.

A contracted crew is expected to arrive on Sunday, Jan. 1, at Paul’s Slide to clear debris from behind the catchment area where rocks and dirt have reached the top of the concrete barriers at four locations.

There is no expected time for reopening.

Updates on this closure will be provided as new information becomes available.

Road information and updates can also be found on Caltrans District 5's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.